Weekly College Update

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This Sunday’s Gospel is based on one of the ‘I am’ sayings taught by Jesus. The Gospel from John says, “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” The consecrated bread that we receive at Mass is transformed as Jesus. The bread is spiritual nourishment that enables us to grow so that we become Christ-like in our thoughts, words and actions. If we strive and apply this in our lives in the daily interactions with others we strengthen a community. And in turn as Jesus promised as we follow His ways, we will attain eternal life.

We welcome the arrival of winter sport with a small number of sports teams already beginning their preseason games last week. The majority of our teams begin their preseason this weekend. I wish all those participating in sport to represent the College with pride and give of your best for the team. To respect the referee as well as the opposition. That each St Pat’s team sets a high standard of positive behaviour and support on and off the court/field.

Humble in victory, gracious in defeat.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: Tuesday 16 June – Year 12 Retreat day at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay.  Also the Pasifika Parents’ Asosi will meet in the College staffroom at 6pm.

Changes to the College Calendar: Due to COVID-19 a number of planned events have either been cancelled or deferred.  Please note that the Parent/Teacher interviews which were to be held on 17 and 18 June are cancelled.  The College is planning to hold a Tutor Conference with your son’s tutor teacher on Tuesday 28 July between 8.30am and 4.00pm.  Interviews will be for 20 minutes and more information will be sent out next term.

ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE STUDENTS TAKING CLASSES AT SCC: St Catherine’s College are running Home School Meetings on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 June from 4-6.30pm. Bookings are to be made via https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

Booking code: fdstw

Caregivers will need to know the name of their son’s teacher. Bookings are essential.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEThe College is very mindful that a number of our families are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and we want to offer support during this challenging time.  If you wish to seek financial assistance to help rebate the cost of Attendance Dues, please email Gerardine Parkinson – admin@stpats.school.nz and she will make an appointment for you to meet with me.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2021 ARE NOW OPEN: The College is now accepting enrolments for 2021 and the forms can either be downloaded from the College website – www.stpats.school.nz under Enrolments or you can request a Prospectus from the College office.  Enrolments close on Friday 31 July.

The College is holding tours for prospective families on the following dates – Tuesday 16 June, Thursday 18 June and Friday 19 June.  There are two time slots offered to book on each day at 11.30am and then a second tour at 12.30pm.  The tours are for a one-hour time block and the maximum amount of people booked for each time slot is set at 100.  Families will be divided up into 6 small tour groups of 15 people each.  Families are required to register for a tour on a set date and time so that we are able to control the numbers.  If you would like to book, then please phone the College office to register on 939 3070 or alternatively email admin@stpats.school.nz

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali